Author Archives: UntraveledRoads

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.

Standing up to the Bullies

OMG United! Bad press, bad heart! Every way you look at it, the company is thinking meanly, from taking seats from boarded, paying passengers to give to their aircrew (can't they count before boarding?) to initial self-righteous comment (no way … Continue reading

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Too Short a Time

It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life. Bryant H. McGill Imagine being 16, with 13 brain surgeries behind you and ahead … what? And it's your birthday. Lewis … Continue reading

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Pain(t) me Wrong

Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ― Oprah Winfrey “It makes me so mad when they blame my pain on my past,” said Sally, manning the advice desk at our local pain clinic . “Why add that to my daily burden?” … Continue reading

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A Space to Be

“Suppose I don't get better? Suppose they tell me this is it?” We were talking about my friend's sudden, out-of-the-blue neurological attack, which took her overnight from an active, hiking grandmother to shuffling with a walker. And unremitting pain. She … Continue reading

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Will Power

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. When we are no longer able to change a situation, … Continue reading

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Lead, Kindly Light

Wednesday was a happy, loving “up” day. We went to tea with a good friend, who had found a recipe for vegan ice cream that I could eat. She knew I am milk intolerant saying I can't have had ice … Continue reading

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Letter to Michael

Today, Michael called. A mutual friend had told him I have chronic pain and might be able to help. After we chatted, I put together an email summarizing all we had talked about – and then thought it might also … Continue reading

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